Who is a person of influence?
What do Ronald Reagan, Martin Luther King, Jr. and Billy Graham have in common? They have been leaders of influence. All had vision, integrity and faith. Ronald Reagan “pursued peace through strength.” Martin Luther King, Jr. believed in loving your enemies and pushing away fear. “We must build dikes of courage to hold back the flood of fear.” Billy Graham believes in vision. In one of his speeches he said, “when there’s no vision then the people perish.”
Merriam-Webster defines influence as “the power to change or affect someone or something.”
Can you think of people who have made an impression on you through your life? Perhaps it was your parents, grandparents, teachers or friends. Why are these people important?
Why be a person of influence?
- To encourage others
- To encourage moral principles
- To lead others to a stronger faith
“Behold, I have given him for a witness to the people, a leader and commander to the people.” Isaiah 55:4 KJV
Martin Luther King had courage to speak out for racial inequality. Ronald Reagan communicated with passion about family values and freedom. Billy Graham spoke of personal faith and belief in God. These leaders affected millions of people. They spoke with boldness about their beliefs. They shared these qualities.
- passion for freedom
- personal faith
How can you touch the lives of others?
You don’t have to be a leader recognized by the world to impact others. Know what you believe and why. Be willing to share some of your wisdom. You can have an effect on your family and friends by standing true to your convictions. As our culture drifts morally and spiritually, it’s important to stand for integrity. Encourage morality. Demonstrate faith.
In my own life, my grandfather encouraged me to think for myself. He worked his way through college and became an ordained minister. To support his family, he farmed. Current events and politics were frequent subjects of conversation and he was an active member of the community. Later in life, he was honored for his work and given a “This Is Your Life” award. Attending the ceremony made a lasting impression on me. It demonstrated that hard work and deep faith in God can make a difference.
How have influences of others affected your life? Can you be a mentor or an encourager to someone?